AMD TWKR Edition CPU PreviewThe Smith -
» Discuss this article (16)
Featuring all-new game tests, 3DMark Vantage is for use with DX10 systems. "There are two all-new CPU tests that have been designed around a new 'Physics and Artificial Intelligence-related computation.' CPU test two offers support for physics related hardware." There are four preset levels that correspond to specific resolutions. The default one is 'Performance' with a resolution of 1280x1024 and it is the one widely used to compare scores.
For this benchmark, I was able to get all four cores up to almost 4.8GHz. As one can see in the above screenshot, with a single GTX 260, it yielded a score of 13732.
3DMark06 is also one of the benchmarks that always comes up when a bragging contest is started. It presents a severe test for much of today's hardware components. Once again, I used the standard settings that are required for any submission to FutureMark's online result browser. The settings are listed below.
- SM2.0 Graphics Tests: GT1- Return to Proxycon, GT2- Firefly Forest
- CPU Tests: Cpu1- Red Valley, CPU2- Red Valley
- HDR/SM3.0 Graphics Tests: HDR1- Canyon Flight, HDR2- Deep Freeze
20752 marks for a single GTX 260 on stock cooling is quite good. As a comparison, I was getting approximately 17500 marks with the Phenom II X4 955 at 3.8GHz.